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Accounting, M.S.A.

The Seidman Master of Science in accounting (M.S.A.) offers an intensive, concentrated learning experience that explores the essential aspects of accounting and permits an in-depth exploration and practical experience in areas within the discipline.

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What to Expect?

  • Program Focus. The Seidman M.S.A. is primarily designed for accounting majors preparing for CPA certification. 33 credits.
  • Individualized Program Plan. An assigned faculty advisor will assist each student in selecting electives that align with career goals. An individualized program plan will be developed for each M.S.A. student.
  • Flexibility. Students can pursue the degree part-time or full-time as they wish.

Seidman College of Business Offers

Collaboration With the Community

Seidman maintains vibrant, synergistic relationships with area businesses, often collaborating on career development and community-based projects to address specific needs or demands. Our strong connections to the community allow us to provide our students with unique opportunities for active learning and practical experience.

Engaged and Engaging Faculty

Seidman faculty members consult actively with local and national businesses. This dynamic exchange helps keep students current and connected through a blend of theory and applied practice.


Accreditation through AACSB International, the premier business school accrediting organization, is a testament to quality. Seidman College is regularly recognized as a top business school, and our students excel in local, state and national educational competitions.

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For More Information

Seidman College of Business
50 Front Avenue SW, SCB 3030
(616) 331-7400

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

The M.S.A. program has rolling admission with applications accepted until one month prior to the start of the semester - end of July for fall start or end of November for winter start. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU. Please visit

Location & Format

Classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Face To Face


The M.S.A. program is available to students with any undergraduate major including those with limited undergraduate accounting courses. However, the curriculum will vary depending on previous business and accounting coursework.

Required coursework for all M.S.A. students includes:

  • Accounting theory
  • Ethics for accountants
  • Financial statement analysis
  • International accounting
  • Structured accounting analytics and emerging technologies

Career Options

This specialization is designed for those pursuing CPA certification and careers in public, industry and nonprofit accounting.


“I knew that I wanted a new career, specifically in accounting. However, I was not really sure, at 51 years of age, how to make that happen. The M.S.A. program was a perfect fit. The staff and professors were extremely helpful, and the curriculum gave me the tools to accomplish my goals.”